History UsefulNotes / Mexico

12th Aug '16 7:59:30 AM captainpat
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Before it was colonized, it was home of and originator to some of the {{Precursors}} for the [[{{Mayincatec}} Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations.]] Expect them all to be lumped together when the AdventurerArchaeologist investigates [[RuinsForRuinsSake ruins]] in search of treasure. But Mexicans don't care about those [[MagicalNativeAmerican silly brown people]]. Well, not unless they're [[AmazonianBeauty hot]] and/or there's a {{curse}} involved.

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Before it was colonized, it was home of and originator to some of the {{Precursors}} for the [[{{Mayincatec}} Olmec, Mayan, and Aztec civilizations.]] Expect them all to be lumped together when the AdventurerArchaeologist investigates [[RuinsForRuinsSake ruins]] in search of treasure. But Mexicans don't care about those [[MagicalNativeAmerican silly brown people]]. Well, not unless they're [[AmazonianBeauty hot]] hot and/or there's a {{curse}} involved.
11th Aug '16 4:11:43 AM Morgenthaler
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Depending who you ask things were "relatively" dull under Porfirio Díaz's mostly enlightened "[[PresidentEvil Presidency]]" until 1910 and ''"La Revolución!"'' (For some reason, [[UsefulNotesOnAmerica Americans]] really dig this part of the Mexican history. As a Mexican school kid, all this troper can say is any civil war with more than three factions is a headache to keep track of (not complaining about the holiday, though). This is where you'll see "Bandidos" and outlaws, charismatic rebels like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata leading the peasants against the centre, small Mexican towns in need of rescue by MightyWhitey, and quite a few [[TheWestern westerns]]... (southerns?)

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Depending who you ask things were "relatively" dull under Porfirio Díaz's mostly enlightened "[[PresidentEvil Presidency]]" until 1910 and ''"La Revolución!"'' (For some reason, [[UsefulNotesOnAmerica [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates Americans]] really dig this part of the Mexican history. As a Mexican school kid, all this troper can say is any civil war with more than three factions is a headache to keep track of (not complaining about the holiday, though). This is where you'll see "Bandidos" and outlaws, charismatic rebels like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata leading the peasants against the centre, small Mexican towns in need of rescue by MightyWhitey, and quite a few [[TheWestern westerns]]... (southerns?)
30th Jun '16 7:16:58 PM matruz
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9th Jun '16 11:31:29 PM gewunomox
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Cable access and satellite TV in Mexico, like rock music and videogames, basically took off after 1994 thanks to the NAFTA, which allowed private TV operators to import foreign TV programming. Prior to that it was still technically possible to watch foreign TV, but for that you required a huge satellite dish, some ''very'' expensive decoding equipment, and on top of that you had to learn at least English in order to understand untranslated, uncaptioned foreign programs. Satellite TV later came around 1997-1998, when [=DirecTV=] started operations in Mexico, later followed by Televisa's own service SKY. While its impact on Mexican culture was initially limited since few people were initially capable of affording it, cable and satellite TV eventually managed to create some cultural impact in part by showing off how Mexican broadcasting media content regulations did not apply to paid TV and capitalizing on the moral panic caused by the new foreign shows that suddenly arrived in the country. Paid TV is how Mexico got to know and love shows like ''SouthPark'', ''PimpMyRide'', ''BeakmansWorld'' (which aired initially on Warner Channel and later on Once TV while ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' was never even aired), ''{{Jackass}}'', ''DigimonAdventure'', ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the old ''DiscoveryKids'' that was initially more focused on 9-12 year olds instead of toddlers, and the fondly remembered TV channel ''Locomotion / Animax'' which, despite being unpopular, never failed to surprise its viewers with its assortment that covered everything from ''SouthPark'' to ''SerialExperimentsLain''.

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Cable access and satellite TV in Mexico, like rock music and videogames, basically took off after 1994 thanks to the NAFTA, which allowed private TV operators to import foreign TV programming. Prior to that it was still technically possible to watch foreign TV, but for that you required a huge satellite dish, some ''very'' expensive decoding equipment, and on top of that you had to learn at least English in order to understand untranslated, uncaptioned foreign programs. Satellite TV later came around 1997-1998, when [=DirecTV=] started operations in Mexico, later followed by Televisa's own service SKY. While its impact on Mexican culture was initially limited since few people were initially capable of affording it, cable and satellite TV eventually managed to create some cultural impact in part by showing off how Mexican broadcasting media content regulations did not apply to paid TV and capitalizing on the moral panic caused by the new foreign shows that suddenly arrived in the country. Paid TV is how Mexico got to know and love shows like ''SouthPark'', ''PimpMyRide'', ''BeakmansWorld'' (which aired initially on Warner Channel and later on Once TV while ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' was never even aired), ''{{Jackass}}'', ''DigimonAdventure'', ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the old ''DiscoveryKids'' that was initially more focused on 9-12 year olds instead of toddlers, and the fondly remembered TV channel ''Locomotion / Animax'' which, despite being unpopular, never failed to surprise its viewers with its assortment that covered everything from ''SouthPark'' ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' to ''SerialExperimentsLain''.
''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain''.
2nd Jun '16 11:07:06 PM Doug86
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[[TheNapoleon Napoleon]] the Third decided that it needed a French protectorate to stop the growth of influence of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]], and believed that Mexico was the perfect place for his plans. He also spoke of preserving the latin race, which the french considered themselves as, in face of the anglo-saxons. Many of the Conservadores actually went to France to arrange this, as previously stated. The crown was offered to Maximilian, younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph of UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} [[note]](also uncle of ''[[WorldWarOne that]]'' Franz, this family had some rotten luck in the 19th and 20th centuries)[[/note]] which made him brother in law of famous Sissy. One memorable event in between is when the RagtagBunchOfMisfits, led by Ignacio Zaragoza, beat their awesome croissants in "El Cinco de Mayo", and now Mexico got another holiday out of it (they kind of kicked their tacos around for a few years after that, but shh). This holiday is notable for being probably the sole honest-to-God pride of your country events in the whole history of Mexico, losing the war or not it was simply unbelievable for the French ''or the mexicans themselves'' that this paradise of coups d'etat defeated motherfucking France in a serious battle, sort of that short nerd in your classroom beating to a pulp the tall jock with all the chicks... only to have the whole football team handing his ass later, yeah, but ''still''; "The weapons of Mexico have been covered in glory" indeed.

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[[TheNapoleon Napoleon]] the Third decided that it needed a French protectorate to stop the growth of influence of the [[UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates United States]], and believed that Mexico was the perfect place for his plans. He also spoke of preserving the latin race, which the french considered themselves as, in face of the anglo-saxons. Many of the Conservadores actually went to France to arrange this, as previously stated. The crown was offered to Maximilian, younger brother of Emperor Franz Joseph of UsefulNotes/{{Austria}} [[note]](also uncle of ''[[WorldWarOne ''[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI that]]'' Franz, this family had some rotten luck in the 19th and 20th centuries)[[/note]] which made him brother in law of famous Sissy. One memorable event in between is when the RagtagBunchOfMisfits, led by Ignacio Zaragoza, beat their awesome croissants in "El Cinco de Mayo", and now Mexico got another holiday out of it (they kind of kicked their tacos around for a few years after that, but shh). This holiday is notable for being probably the sole honest-to-God pride of your country events in the whole history of Mexico, losing the war or not it was simply unbelievable for the French ''or the mexicans themselves'' that this paradise of coups d'etat defeated motherfucking France in a serious battle, sort of that short nerd in your classroom beating to a pulp the tall jock with all the chicks... only to have the whole football team handing his ass later, yeah, but ''still''; "The weapons of Mexico have been covered in glory" indeed.
28th May '16 4:49:14 PM nombretomado
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Videogames had it better to some degree than other forms of media in Mexico, thanks in large part to the NAFTA's enaction in 1994 taking place when the game industry was still not quite as mature as today. Like rock music, their arrival caused ''widespread'' moral panic as many parents saw their children ripping the spinal cord from their opponents in ''MortalKombat'' and happily causing massive chaos in the early ''GrandTheftAuto'' releases; obviously, because ThereIsNoSuchThingAsBadPublicity, this moral panic just ended up backfiring and making videogames even more popular. As the generation that got to play the first videogames aged and started having children of their own, videogames started gaining increasingly more acceptance in the country, and nowadays they're no longer "those weird games today's kids play" anymore but instead just another form of entertainment. Piracy played a very big role in the popularity of videogames by making bootlegged consoles readily available, especially with the first PlayStation, whose games didn't lose much build quality by account of being easily reproducible CDs that, unlike Nintendo's game cartridges, didn't require any assembly -- you just needed a modded console to unlock a whole new world of games that could cost as low as $30 pesos per disc (about 2.50 US dollars). On top of that, arcade machines got quite popular in the country, with one of the most famous games being ''KingOfFighters'' -- the archetypal kid who snuck away from school or spent the tortillas' change on his local SNK arcade was actually one of the main reasons why this saga became so popular in Mexico, enough to motivate SNK to create an entire Mexican fighter team. Sega, however, never sold any of their consoles in Mexico; as such, don't expect a Mexican to understand references to ''SonicTheHedgehog'' or any other videogame series from Sega. Like music, videogame piracy has dropped noticeably since 2010 thanks to [[{{Steam}} Gabe Newell]]'s incredible bargains on PC games and the relative ease of acquiring cheap computer parts thanks to the NAFTA as well.

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Videogames had it better to some degree than other forms of media in Mexico, thanks in large part to the NAFTA's enaction in 1994 taking place when the game industry was still not quite as mature as today. Like rock music, their arrival caused ''widespread'' moral panic as many parents saw their children ripping the spinal cord from their opponents in ''MortalKombat'' and happily causing massive chaos in the early ''GrandTheftAuto'' releases; obviously, because ThereIsNoSuchThingAsBadPublicity, this moral panic just ended up backfiring and making videogames even more popular. As the generation that got to play the first videogames aged and started having children of their own, videogames started gaining increasingly more acceptance in the country, and nowadays they're no longer "those weird games today's kids play" anymore but instead just another form of entertainment. Piracy played a very big role in the popularity of videogames by making bootlegged consoles readily available, especially with the first PlayStation, UsefulNotes/PlayStation, whose games didn't lose much build quality by account of being easily reproducible CDs that, unlike Nintendo's game cartridges, didn't require any assembly -- you just needed a modded console to unlock a whole new world of games that could cost as low as $30 pesos per disc (about 2.50 US dollars). On top of that, arcade machines got quite popular in the country, with one of the most famous games being ''KingOfFighters'' -- the archetypal kid who snuck away from school or spent the tortillas' change on his local SNK arcade was actually one of the main reasons why this saga became so popular in Mexico, enough to motivate SNK to create an entire Mexican fighter team. Sega, however, never sold any of their consoles in Mexico; as such, don't expect a Mexican to understand references to ''SonicTheHedgehog'' or any other videogame series from Sega. Like music, videogame piracy has dropped noticeably since 2010 thanks to [[{{Steam}} Gabe Newell]]'s incredible bargains on PC games and the relative ease of acquiring cheap computer parts thanks to the NAFTA as well.
11th May '16 2:11:58 PM DaNuke
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Cable access and satellite TV in Mexico, like rock music and videogames, basically took off after 1994 thanks to the NAFTA, which allowed private TV operators to import foreign TV programming. Prior to that it was still technically possible to watch foreign TV, but for that you required a huge satellite dish, some ''very'' expensive decoding equipment, and on top of that you had to learn at least English in order to understand untranslated, uncaptioned foreign programs. Satellite TV later came around 1997-1998, when [=DirecTV=] started operations in Mexico, later followed by Televisa's own service SKY. While its impact on Mexican culture was initially limited since few people were initially capable of affording it, cable and satellite TV eventually managed to create some cultural impact in part by showing off how Mexican broadcasting media content regulations did not apply to paid TV and capitalizing on the moral panic caused by the new foreign shows that suddenly arrived in the country. Paid TV is how Mexico got to know and love shows like ''SouthPark'', ''PimpMyRide'', ''BeakmansWorld'' (which aired initially on Warner Channel and later on Once TV while ''BillNyeTheScienceGuy'' was never even aired), ''{{Jackass}}'', ''DigimonAdventure'', ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'', the old ''DiscoveryKids'' that was initially more focused on 9-12 year olds instead of toddlers, and the fondly remembered TV channel ''Locomotion / Animax'' which, despite being unpopular, never failed to surprise its viewers with its assortment that covered everything from ''SouthPark'' to ''SerialExperimentsLain''.
10th May '16 11:48:25 AM DaNuke
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Traditional and cellular telephone services are quite inefficient and charge some of the highest service rates in the world. This in part due to the fact that most traditional phone land lines are serviced by a company called Telmex, property of Carlos Slim, the richest man on the planet, whose company enjoys a monopoly grant from the government. This has been changing as cable companies are entering the traditional phone services at a lower rate than Telmex, and recent laws allow people to switch companies without having to change phone numbers. In 2015, Iusacell and Nextel decided to mere together to create AT&T Mexico, which will be a competitor to other cellular phone companies like Telcel and Movistar.

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Traditional and cellular telephone services are quite inefficient and charge some of the highest service rates in the world. This in part due to the fact that most traditional phone land lines are serviced by a company called Telmex, property of Carlos Slim, the richest man on the planet, whose company enjoys a monopoly grant from the government. This has been changing as cable companies are entering the traditional phone services at a lower rate than Telmex, and recent laws allow people to switch companies without having to change phone numbers. In 2015, Iusacell and Nextel decided to mere together to create AT&T Mexico, which will be a competitor to other cellular phone companies like Telcel and Movistar.
Movistar. On the flip side, however, Mexican [=ISPs=] are pretty much net-neutral and don't really care much about how you use your internet connection; you can torrent freely without getting a warning, they won't inject advertisements into your everyday browsing, you always get the same performance regardless of whether you're doing media streaming, large downloads or online gaming, and the only ISP that meters your bandwidth is Izzi and it's only one out of many different [=ISPs=] such as Telmex, Cablevisión, Axtel, Totalplay or Megacable.
10th May '16 11:35:39 AM DaNuke
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* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu -- Film director, currently best known for directing ''{{Revenant}}'', the movie that gave LeonardoDiCaprio his first Oscar.

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* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu -- Film director, currently best known for directing ''{{Revenant}}'', ''Film/TheRevenant'', the movie that gave LeonardoDiCaprio his first Oscar.
10th May '16 11:33:54 AM DaNuke
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* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu -- Film director.

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* Creator/AlejandroGonzalezInarritu -- Film director.director, currently best known for directing ''{{Revenant}}'', the movie that gave LeonardoDiCaprio his first Oscar.
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